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DA Graveley Is Charging Kenosha Man Who Shot First During Riots With Felony Charges After Community Push-back

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Joshua Ziminski, 35, Racine Source: Kenosha County Sheriff
Kenosha DA Michael Graveley (D) Source: Facebook

Kenosha DA Michael Graveley, who bases his charging decisions on politics, has decided do the right thing after the community was outraged at his decision to charge Ziminski with only misdemeanor disorderly conduct. He shot a handgun the night of the Kenosha Riots before Rittenhouse ever pulled his trigger. Graveley openly sympathizes with the BLM movement, so going soft on Ziminski wasn’t a surprise to many.

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To recap, Kenosha Police did a great job tracking Ziminski down from video footage from the night of August 25, 2020. They asked Graveley to charge him with Felony 2nd degree recklessly endangering safety, disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, and bail jumping. Bail jumping is a no-brainer. On June 8, 2020, just two months before shooting his pistol at the Kenosha Riots, Ziminski was accused and there was a warrant issued for his arrest for striking his wife in the face multiple times in front of his children in a vehicle, ordering her out of the vehicle, and making her walk. He was arrested on this warrant on or about August 8, 2020. He posted bond. Committing a new crime while out on bond should be a count of bail-jumping. We wrote this article and Kenosha residents were understandably very upset.

On December 8, 2020 Graveley charged Ziminski’s wife, Kelly for Disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer, and curfew. All misdemeanors. This was being investigated by KPD as an arson. Kelly took videos of her husband starting things on fire during the riots and damaging property. Still no felony charges for Ziminski.

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Today, Ziminski was in court for his Disorderly conduct case and the prosecutor, Thomas Clair Binger (D) told the court that this case was being dismissed and Felony charges are coming shortly. We do not yet know what those charges will be, but we will be sure to follow up.

Finally, about 5 months later, the man who is responsible for much of the arson, looting and destruction in Kenosha just MIGHT face justice. It only took upset citizens for the DA to finally do the right thing. The public shouldn’t have to intervene. Graveley should do the right thing anyhow.

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  1. Gravely and Binger are disgraceful being they put politics before law. They engage in both selective and malicious prosecution on their whims based upon politics.

  2. “Community push-back” has nothing to do with Graveleys change, his motivations are purely political. The Rittenhouse trial will soon be getting national if not international scrutiny, and Kenosha’s DA is establishing optics that he has no judicial bias based on political beliefs. His history proves otherwise.

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